Congratulations, KNHC! Seattle’s student-run C89.5 is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary
Half a century. Five decades. Six hundred months. Close to 20,000 days.
However you slice it, fifty years is a long time. And it’s an especially long time in the unpredictable, unstable radio industry, where business models are finicky and format changes common. Yet that’s how long student-run KNHC, based out of Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School, has been in continuous operation.
Better known to its loyal listeners as C89.5 (89.5 FM is the station’s location on the good ‘ol radio dial, while the C stands for Communications), KHNC is renowned around the globe as the world’s oldest remaining dance radio station. It broadcasts a mix of EDM (electronic dance music) and related genres — from trance to house to industrial — with a bit pop rock mixed in, commercial free…